Psychodynamic Therapy

Psychodynamic therapy is a therapeutic treatment that primarily focuses on the interpretation of mental and emotional processes. It shares much in common with psychoanalysis and is often considered a simpler, less time consuming alternative. Like psychoanalysis, psychodynamic therapy seeks to reveal the unconscious content of a client's psyche in an effort to alleviate psychic tension. Psychodynamic therapy increases a client’s self-awareness and grows their understanding of the influence of the past on present behavior. It allows clients to examine unresolved conflicts and symptoms that arise from past experiences and explore how they are manifesting themselves in current behaviors, such as the need and desire to abuse substances. Think this approach might be right for you? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s psychodynamic therapy experts today.

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Problems originate in relationship and problems are healed in relationship

— Jeremy Sublett, Psychotherapist in Nashville, TN

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. But it is also true that we are largely ruled by our unconscious. Let's spend time understanding a bit of how you got to be who you are, with compassion and trust that you have done the best you could. And courage to know where your choices are going forward. Examining your past is not about blame or excuses, but about acceptance of what has been and creative awareness of personal growth going forward.

— christine loeb, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Encino, CA

I use the core principles of numerous teachings to form an eclectic style of therapy, one that can be altered to fit each individual personality I come across. I work to provide the resources necessary for my clients to understand themselves in a deeper and more profound way.

— Madeleine VanCeylon, Counselor in Brooklyn, NY

As a therapist I believe that everyone's history has meaning pertaining to who they are today. When I hear a client is experiencing depression, attachment issues, self-sabotage, etc., it feels important to delve into the client's psychosocial history, support systems, and upbringing. Background can play a major role in current moods, self-love, self-worth, and more.

— Brittany Bergersen, Mental Health Counselor in Brooklyn, NY

Similar to CBT, I have been trained at the graduate and post graduate levels on the uses and applications of psychodynamic therapy.

— Kevin Taylor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in forest hills, NY

I take a psychodynamic approach that explores life experiences and the meaning we assign to them in order to help client better understand their inner world. This includes identification and exploration attachment styles, childhood, adolescence, and adult experiences, hopes, dreams, and fears. The benefits of exploring and identifying these things is a better understanding one's self and why they move through life as they do. This creates space for one to make informed and healthy life choices.

— Allison Jensen, Licensed Professional Counselor in Chicago, IL

Psychodynamic psychotherapy is an exploratory and insight-oriented form of therapy, which focuses on the role of unconscious processes as they are manifested in a person’s present behaviors. Goals of this therapy include working through unresolved conflict by gaining new understanding and by developing new healthier behavioral patterns. Dr. Kharazi will integrate psychodynamic psychotherapy into treatment after a consultation to determine the most effective way to treat each person.

— Payam Kharazi, Psychologist in Beverly Hills, CA

I am trained in Psychodynamic Therapy. I will help you learn about how your past informs your present and how to untangle lifelong patterns.

— Melissa Barbash, Counselor in Denver, CO

While you're not lying on a couch while I analyze you, like shown in the media, I do help you gain clarity on your behaviors and attitudes that could be causing challenges for you. Psychodynamic therapy, which has roots in psychoanalysis, is a way of working with you that helps to develop a deeper understanding ( insight) of your experiences and feelings. This can be beneficial in understanding patterns you may find yourself in and then working through ways to adjust accordingly.

— Rebecca Brown, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in ,

Looking at what we see, what we think, what we feel, what is obvious, what is hidden, what is conscious, what is unconscious, what we are doing, what we did, what we want, what we don't want, talking freely and openly as comfort and trust allow in order to sort out what we are all about.

— Nancy Johnson, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Wellesley Hills, MA

As a psychodynamic therapist, I work with your relational patterns and the therapeutic relationship to better understand the root causes of your distress. I foster a collaborative therapeutic relationship with you to better understand the unique intricacies of your personal world, including your sociocultural dimensions and contexts. This helps change unhelpful patterns and promote your sustained growth.

— Eunice Song, Clinical Psychologist in San Mateo, CA

Psychodynamic therapy puts emphases on the psychological cause of emotional pain. Self-reflection and self-examination are its major focus, relying on the bond between the therapist and patient as its main tool. While it aims to alleviate ones negative symptoms, most importantly, its goal is helping people to live balanced, more satisfied lives.

— Gary Alexander, Therapist in Vancouver, WA

In my clinical work with co-occurring disorder populations, I have drawn from a psychodynamic framework to great success. This simply means exploring one's struggles and how they tend to repeat or consistently present in a variety of contexts. It is often deeply rooted patterns that one is not even aware of that may be the cause of struggles and dissatisfaction in life. In my work, I seek to deconstruct these repetitive experiences and replace them with healthy patterns of behavior and coping.

— Amy Dombrowski, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Brooklyn, NY

Psychodynamic therapy looks at how the past influences the present. In other words, the way one was treated or what one experienced as a child affects how one feels, the relationships one forms, and the decisions one makes as an adult. Often times by gaining insight into our past, the messages and dynamics that use to control us loosen their hold so that we are better able to make choices that feel more true to our authentic selves. I have received training and mentorship in this area.

— Sammy Kirk, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Alexandria, VA

I provide insight oriented techniques that allow the client to see into their past and how it is impacting their present, allowing them space to grow and evoke change where client desires.

— Rachel Wakeford, Associate Clinical Social Worker in , CA